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Kingston University students boost international experience in volunteering venture backed by Lebara Foundation

Posted Friday 17 October 2014

Kingston University students boost international experience in volunteering venture backed by Lebara Foundation

Kingston University journalism graduate Roxii Hoare-Smith surrounded by some of the children she met volunteering in India through the Lebara Foundation project.Student volunteers from Kingston University have stepped out of the lecture theatre to broaden their international horizons by supporting refugee communities in India. A 12-strong party of current students and recent graduates has spent three weeks in Chennai running English language workshops, art and craft sessions and sport activities specially devised for children and their mothers living in impoverished parts of the Indian city.

During the expedition, group members worked in a slum area inhabited by families displaced by the 2004 tsunami and two camps that are home to Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka. The project got off the ground with the backing of the Lebara Foundation - the charitable arm of global telecommunications company Lebara, co-founded by Kingston University graduate Yoganathan Ratheesan....


Postgraduate student volunteer shares experiences of Lebara Foundation visit to India

Posted Friday 17 October 2014

Postgraduate student volunteer shares experiences of Lebara Foundation visit to India

Jessica Farrugia was one of a 12-strong party of Kingston University student and graduate volunteers who spent three weeks in India as part of a new initiative backed by the Lebara Foundation. Initially not sure quite what to expect, the BA(Hons) English Literature graduate, who has now returned to the books to complete an MA in the same subject, recounts how she was particularly touched by the children she met during her stay.

MA English Literature student Jessica Farrugia worked with people displaced by the 2004 tsunami during the Lebara Foundation-sponsored visit to India.Before taking part in Kingston University's pilot volunteer project in India, I'd never travelled outside Europe and I'd never worked with underprivileged communities. Although I was excited about the opportunity to embrace a new experience, it wasn't until after I'd been accepted that I began to think about the realities of the project - the visa application, the vaccinations, the pre-departure sessions, the fundraising, the flight, and that's all before I'd even set foot in India. Luckily, the Lebara Foundation, which was sponsoring the project, had organised three orientation days to cushion our arrival in Chennai, which allowed our group to get to grips with the schedule and to recover from jet lag. During those three days, we visited each of the three sites where we would be working over the coming weeks - two of which were refugee camps inhabited by families displaced during the Sri Lankan civil war....


Applications open for AHRC doctoral studentships 2014/15

Posted Thursday 16 October 2014

Applications open for AHRC doctoral studentships 2014/15

Kingston University is a member of two Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) consortia offering funded full and part-time doctoral studentships. Both TECHNE and the London Doctoral Design Centre (LDOC) bring together leading academic institutions, cultural organisations and industry partners to provide innovative postgraduate training and support for the next generation of researchers.

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Denim and dunces' hats take centre stage as Kingston University MA Fashion designer makes catwalk statement on plight of Spanish economy

Posted Tuesday 7 October 2014

Denim and dunces' hats take centre stage as Kingston University MA Fashion designer makes catwalk statement on plight of Spanish economy

Esme Dominguez Pueyo's collection included dunces' hats portraying Spanish people who she believes are being fooled regarding the state of their economy.Denim workwear and dunces' hats have been given the haute couture treatment by a Kingston University MA Fashion student. Esme Dominguez Pueyo has used her latest collection, showcased during London Fashion Week, to make a stand about the impact of economic austerity in her native Spain. The menswear includes jersey T-shirts emblazoned with statistics, suits made from 100 per cent cotton denim and dunces' hats produced to portray her view that Spaniards are being fooled by the nation's politicians.

The 24 year old designer, originally from Valencia, worked with small, established British labels to develop her collection, called System Error. They included The London Cloth Company, home to one of the capital's first micro-mills using 19th Century looms, to create some of her cotton and indigo-dyed denim designs. Milliner House of Flora meanwhile produced the dunces' hats from a combination of net and printed fabric. Esme drew her inspiration for the thought-provoking headwear from artist and satirist Goya....


Kingston University MA Fashion student twists age-old traditions in to high impact London Fashion Week womenswear collection

Posted Thursday 25 September 2014

Kingston University MA Fashion student twists age-old traditions in to high impact London Fashion Week womenswear collection

The sombre rituals of burial have inspired an up-and-coming designer to create a range of womenswear with a twist that hit the runway during London Fashion Week.

Syed Nisar, who showcased his work at Kingston University's MA Fashion Show at Stationers' Hall in central London, used huge sculpture-like knots as a signature design element throughout his black and ivory collection. With a background in textile design, the 29-year-old designer, originally from near Lahore in Pakistan, came up with the exaggerated padded creations to represent the way a body is tied in a traditional Muslim shroud....


Collaboration with craftspeople weaves Welsh heritage into Kingston University student's MA Fashion menswear collection

Posted Friday 19 September 2014

Collaboration with craftspeople weaves Welsh heritage into Kingston University student's MA Fashion menswear collection

A Kingston University MA Fashion student has wowed London Fashion Week crowds with a contemporary menswear collection that lifts the lid on some hidden gems of traditional Welsh craft. Sarah Hellen, who was born and brought up just outside Wrexham, has married her witty take on her hometown with cutting edge design in a street-style range adorned with exquisite artisan offerings from across her homeland.

The 23-year-old designer's work debuted on the catwalk at Kingston University's MA Fashion Show in central London on 16 September. Her short navy woollen jackets, loose cream and grey tops inspired by the shape of a traditional Welsh steelworker's shirt and a show-stopping black, cream and red full length coat were combined with accessories made by a band of Welsh artists....


Eminent academic Steve Keen to help Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Posted Wednesday 17 September 2014

Eminent academic Steve Keen to help  Kingston University become world class centre for new economic theory teaching

Steve Keen, the new head of Kingston University's School of Economics, History and Politics is a vocal critic of the dominant Neoclassical school of economic thought and of mainstream economics teaching which he says played a large role in bringing about the current economic malaise. He also believes austerity programmes introduced in many countries in the wake of the economic downturn have been counter-productive. "Austerity imposed from Westminster has had the support of Labour too, so I can understand why people in Scotland were talking about independence, for example" he said....


Kingston University MA Fashion students captivate London Fashion Week crowds with cosmopolitan collections

Posted Tuesday 16 September 2014

Kingston University MA Fashion students captivate London Fashion Week crowds with cosmopolitan collections

From a Cuban guerrilla gang determined to instigate a fashion revolution to a satirical look at the Spanish working class and the power of empty space in architectural design, Kingston University's latest crop of graduating MA Fashion students has taken inspiration from far and wide for its final collections. Garments from the young designers received a rapturous reception from a select audience of industry experts when they made their catwalk debut on the final day of London Fashion Week.

Course leader Andrew Ibi said the event, at Stationers' Hall in the heart of the capital, had been an exciting platform for his graduates to showcase an array of thought-provoking work. He praised the quality of the collections, saying there was a huge amount of talent amongst the university's latest cohort of MA Fashion designers. "This year's show was called Amendment because of the strong theme of re-evaluation running through the collections," Mr Ibi said. "The graduating students were interested in exploring how design could be used as a catalyst to alter ideas and change perceptions of life and culture. They were a group questioning their very subject and using fashion as a medium to start conversations about culture, art, architecture and even politics and religion."...

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